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Henri Wagner



Henri Wagner



Henri heads the Luxembourg Banking practice. He served from 2008 to 2018 as Managing Partner of Allen & Overy in Luxembourg. He has more than 30 years of experience working in these areas. He specialises in capital markets, international banking and financial services regulatory matters including the establishment of banks, financial services professionals and electronic money institutions as well as MiFID, CRD and related regulatory issues.

Henri is a member of the board of directors of the Luxembourg Bankers' Association (ABBL). Henri is also member of the board of directors of the ALJB and a member of the banking and capital markets committees of the Luxembourg supervisory authority of the financial sector (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF). He is also a member of the MiFID Steering Committee, the Legal Affairs Committee and the Banking Supervision Committees of the ABBL. Henri co-chairs the PSF working group and the payment institutions and electronic money institutions working groups of the Haut Comité de la Place Financière (HCPF). Henri was a member (2009-2015) of the Consultative Working Group of the Corporate Finance Standing Committee of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

He is an active member of our FinTech task force, supporting clients from established financial institutions, incumbents and start-ups in developing innovative products.

He regularly publishes articles on banking and finance issues and represents Luxembourg on the advisory board of the Capital Markets Law Journal (published by Oxford University Press).

“.. Henri Wagner acts on the full range of capital markets transactions, and on banking matters more broadly. […] One source enthuses: ‘I rate him for sure. He has a very strong knowledge of the market and business’.” Chambers Global 



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Admitted as avocat à la Cour, Luxembourg, 1993

Admitted as avocat, Luxembourg, 1990


DESS, Banking & Finance Law, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), 1990 

Maîtrise, Private Law, University of Strasbourg, 1989 

Studies, Institute for Comparative Law of Strasbourg, 1989

Pro-bono experience 

  • Member of the Allen & Overy team advising the Croix Rouge (Red Cross)

Experience highlights


Published work

  • Author, (2019) "ICOs – Luxembourg Legal Aspects”, in Les services financiers dans un monde digital, p.51-60, Anthemis
  • Co-author, (2018) "The International Capital Markets Review", Law Business Research.
  • Co-author, (2018) "The Lending and Secured Finance Review", Law Business Research.
  • Author, (2018) Brexit unleashes new wave of US corporate migration, Luxembourg Business Report.
  • Co-author, (2017) Preliminary documents (loan financing) Q&A: Luxembourg, Practical Law – Cross-border Loan financing, Thomson Reuters.
  • Co-author, (2017) Corporate loan facilities Q&A: Luxembourg, Practical Law – Cross-border Loan financing, Thomson Reuters.
  • Le banquier luxembourgeois et le droit international privé", Anthemis, 2017 (co-author)
  • "Expedited Corporate Debt Restructuring in the EU", Oxford University Press, 2015 (co-author)
  • "High Tide for the Issue of High Yield Bonds in Luxembourg", Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 50, December 2012 (co-author)
  • "Enforcing financial collateral arrangements in the new world - challenging times!", Bulletin Droit et Banque, No. 47, April 2011 (co-author)
  • "Debt buy-backs and liability management revisited", Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 46, November 2010 (co-author)
  • "Debt Buy-Backs and Liability Management: New Buzzwords ?" Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 44, October 2009 (co-author)
  • "Set-off Law and Practice, an International Handbook", second edition - Luxembourg Chapter, edited by William Johnston and Thomas Werlen, Oxford University Press, September 2009
  • "Regulated covered bonds: a comparative review", Capital Markets Law Journal, Oxford University Press, Vol. 4, No. 3, July 2009 (co-author)
  • "Financial Services Regulation in Europe", second edition - Luxembourg chapter, Oxford University Press, November 2008

News & insights

Publications: 15 OCTOBER 2020

The MiFID Review - a ‘stocktake’ on recent publications impacting wholesale financial markets participants

Over the last two months, the industry have seen a number of proposals from both the European Commission and ESMA in relation to the MiFID Review.

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Publications: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

New EU digital finance strategy and proposals – September 2020

The European Commission yesterday adopted a new digital finance package, made up of a digital finance strategy, a retail payments strategy, legislative proposals for an EU regulatory framework on…

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Publications: 03 SEPTEMBER 2020

Podcast #1 - AML/CTF – Recent Luxembourg developments: updating your CDD processes

CDD processes have been updated with the implementation of 5MLD in Luxembourg.

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Publications: 20 JULY 2020

5MLD – Fiduciary arrangements and trusts: new obligations

After the creation of a register of beneficial owners in January 2019, Luxembourg has now established a register of fiducies and trusts and finalised the transposition of the 5th anti-money laundering…

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